in between yesterday today and tomorrow
en foco, inc. 2021 fellowship exhibition
06/01/201 - 06/30/2021
En Foco presents In Between Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, an exhibition of its 2021 Photography Fellowship winners. Designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals, this year’s awardees include Richard Acevedo, Argenis Apolinario, Roy Baizan, Daveed Baptiste, Kevin Quiles Bonilla, Amarise Carreras, Vinay Hira, Sydney King, Spandita Malik, and Bashira Webb.
This cohort of BIPOC creatives builds on the ideas that push cultural narratives to the center while interrogating race, geography, and gender. Acevedo, Apolinario, and Baizan represent the tangible touchstones of history and community often defined by geography. Baptiste and Malik rework culturally stylized representation. While facing queer and heteronormative traditions Quiles Bonilla, Webb, Carreras, and Hira redraw the boundaries set by colonialism. Lastly, King culls photographic dialogues of her familial histories. “The photographs in this exhibition highlight the experiences of artists whose layered identities leave them shifting between worlds and who critique the power dynamics inherent in racial essentialisms. These artists are taking the knowledge of the past and the current moment to transform perceptions about cultural interpretations, identities, and the future.” -Elia Alba
The exhibit is complemented by a special issue (print and digital) of Nueva Luz, En Foco’s photography publication.
In Between Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow is curated by Elia Alba. She has exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Science Museum, London; Smithsonian Museum of Art; El Museo del Barrio; ITAU Cultural Institute, São Paulo; National Museum of Art; Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the 10th Havana Biennial. Her book, Elia Alba, The Supper Club (Hirmer 2019), was critically acclaimed by The New York Times. Alba received a Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in 1994 and completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001.
Image credit: Amarise Carreras, para la doña del cielo y Mar, 2020
This exhibition is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, Ford Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Joy of Giving Something, Inc., and private contributions. Member of the Urban Arts Cooperative.